4-H program manager begins first day on the job

by Dennis Sharkey

The 4-H Meadowlark Extension District has a new program manager who will be based in Jefferson County.

Linda Gantz started her first day on the job Monday and introduced herself to commissioners.

Gantz lives near Valley Falls where she and her husband operate a construction business.

Gantz will be in the Jefferson County office but will visit offices in Jackson and Nemaha counties as well.

Extension agent David Hallauer said the district board looked at enrollment, the size and scope of volunteer programs and the size of the county fair when they determined where Gantz’s office would be. Hallauer said Jefferson County’s program is not a great deal bigger than the other two counties but it is slightly larger.

Hallauer told commissioners that the district has landed an experienced person for the position.

“We’re tickled to have her,” Extension agent David Hallauer said. “Added a great asset with her being present.”

Gantz began work on Monday and conducted her first program on Wednesday.

“I’ve been involved with 4-H most of my life so this seemed like a natural fit,” Gantz said.

Gantz said one of her goals is to put more of an emphasis on district promotion rather than the individual counties by collaborating ideas among offices.

While implementing programs she will evaluate what works and what doesn’t. And increasing enrollment will be a focus.

In other county commission actions:

• Francis Hubbard, Road and Bridge director said the Kansas Department of Transportation has requested the use of two county roads for a detour for projects that could start in 2013.

Hubbard said one request was denied for a project about 2.5 miles east of Winchester.

However, Hubbard said the county could work out a contract for a second project.

Hubbard said the project would divert traffic off of U.S. Hwy. 59 to Osage Road south of the junction with K-16/92.

He said KDOT wants to replace a culvert with a bridge. The project would have that portion of the highway shut down for eight to 10 months.

Hubbard said there has only been one other time in his 15 years working for the county that KDOT has used a county road for a detour.

The detour would head south on Osage Road and back out at Hickory Point.

Hubbard said the county would have to sign a contract with KDOT requiring that Osage Road be brought back to the condition it was in before the detour started. Hubbard estimated that 1,700 to 1,800 vehicles would be on the detour per day as opposed to the current vehicle count of about 200 vehicles per day.

• Hubbard said as of Monday there are 34 working days left on the Big Slough Bridge deck replacement project. By the end of this week crews should be pouring the final concrete pads for the bridge.

“It’s starting to look like a bridge,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said there was one incident where a sailboat hit the side of the bridge during work but it did not impede progress.

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